miss_s_b: (Who: Davros Destruction)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
The Egregious Tory Tosser is running his Westminster Village willy-waving contest again. My aim in publicising this is simple. I want to get as many people as possible to vote for blogs written by people who don't have willies to wave, who don't concentrate on gossippy rubbish, and who actually have something to say. I'm not one for positive discrimination, as you know, but I am pig sick of the political blogosphere being painted as a self-congratulatory boy's own club which is obsessed with Westminster gossip. My method for subverting this, then, is to vote entirely for female-written blogs. YMM, obvs, V.

Here are the rules:
1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and rank them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.
4. Email your vote to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com
5. Only vote once.
6. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents or based on UK politics are eligible. No blog will be excluded from voting.
7. Anonymous votes will not count. You must give a name.
8. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2010. Any votes received after that date will not count.
9, DO NOT list on your blog ten blogs you think your readers should vote for. Any duplicate voting of this nature will be disallowed.
Please ensure you stick to the rules, and vote for anyone other than the boring usual suspects like the egregious Tory Tosser and Guido.

For your edification, here is who I have voted for:
1, Debi Linton - http://innerbrat.livejournal.com/
2, Liz Williams - http://lizw.dreamwidth.org/
3, Helen Duffett - http://helenduffett.blogspot.com/
4, Caron Lindsay - http://carons-musings.blogspot.com/
5, Pickwick - http://pickwick.dreamwidth.org/
6, Sara Bedford - http://sarabedford.org.uk/
7, Purple Pen - http://purple-pen.livejournal.com/
8, Tajasel - http://tajasel.dreamwidth.org/
9, Charlotte Gore - http://charlottegore.com/
10, Penny Red - http://pennyred.blogspot.com/
Please note that I publish them in the spirit of openness and transparency, and NOT to tell anyone else who to vote for.

I urge you (ALL of you!) to vote early, vote ONCE (or your vote won't be counted), vote for the girls. Oh yes, and if you DO decide to publicise this yourself (and I heartily encourage you to do so - in fact, you can copy and paste this post wholesale if you like, as long as you put your own list of blogs you voted for in there instead of mine) DO NOT link to the Egregious Tory Tosser's blog in your post. His ranking is QUITE high enough as it is.

ETA: a thought. If everyone who reads this puts Debi for their number one, whoever else they put for the other nine, this will be a good way to make the point. It'll be like Rage Against the Machine being Christmas number one. And it'll really wind Debi up... ;) Do please vote for other people than I did in the other nine places, though, so as to not fall foul of the duplicate voting rule.

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Date: 2010-07-05 11:48 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (muahahaha!)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
Stop that.

I'm only commening out of grammatical interest - you said "YMM, obvs, V", when I would personally say "YM, obvs, MV."


Date: 2010-07-05 11:52 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (go baby go)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
I'm in one of those moods where everything is interesting. I'm all "Look, people use words in different ways! COOOOOOOL!!"

Date: 2010-07-05 11:58 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (books)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
Whereas I divide sentences into clauses. Forgive my terminology, I don't actualy know if I'm using the right labels, but - "Your Mileage" (the object) "May Vary" (the verb). 'Obviously' goes between the two of them.

Date: 2010-07-05 12:05 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (go baby go)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
I love English.

I love the mood I'm in today.

DINOSAURS ROCK. (This is related)

Date: 2010-07-05 11:52 am (UTC)
ext_51145: (Default)
From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
I'm not going to be voting, as much like Wikio I find the whole thing distasteful and so refuse to give it any added legitimacy. However, were I voting, I'd actually subvert it by going for blogs that talk about *stuff* - even when that stuff isn't really political, because everything is political really. So my choices would be, in no particular order, with political justifications where necessary,
Yourself, Debi, Charlotte and Laurie from your list (actually most of your list would make my top twenty), plus:
Millennium Elephant
http://thatremindsmeofthis.blogspot.com - UK-based blog about 2000AD, but which often looks at representations of race, gender and sexuality.
Andrew Rilstone
Alex Wilcock
Me, because there isn't a 'don't vote for yourself' rule
And http://mindlessones.com , because even though they have nothing to do with politics whatsoever, I still find posts about Batman villains, or pictures of superhero-themed underpants, infinitely more politically-relevant than 90% of what I've seen on Dale's site the few times I've visited.

Date: 2010-07-05 12:13 pm (UTC)
ext_51145: (Default)
From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
But in my case, I think that given that it's Dale and his friends promoting it, all that my vote could do would be to give it legitimacy - "15,000 people voted in Iain Dale's contest and Iain Dale won!" is going to look much better for him than "five of Iain Dale's friends voted and Iain Dale won!", so I'm not going to be one of the 15,000.

I *do* stay on wikio for that reason, though, just so that when I link you or Debi or someone else on there who cares about that stuff it'll give you a little bump...

Date: 2010-07-05 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenyockney.blogspot.com
"there isn't a 'don't vote for yourself' rule"

There isn't? Oooh - I knew there had to be a reason I started talking more about the political context of activism on mine :D


Date: 2010-07-05 11:56 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I wont be voting for an all woman short list - but thanks for this anyway, I'd not seen more than half of these blogs before and I've added them to my rss, so you've done some good!

I thought I'd highlight a few other woman written blogs that people might like to consider voting for as well, some of which I'll be voting for.

Madame Mioaw http://madammiaow.blogspot.com/
Green Ladywell http://greenladywell.blogspot.com/
Harpy Marx http://harpymarx.wordpress.com/
F Word http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/
Earwicga http://earwicga.wordpress.com/
My political ramblings
Cruella blog http://cruellablog.blogspot.com/
Cath Elliot http://toomuchtosayformyself.com/
Caroline Lucas

Hope that's ok to drop a few links in :)

Jim Jepps

Date: 2010-07-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
ext_21022: (Default)
From: [identity profile] purple-pen.livejournal.com
Thanks for the heads-up about the contest, and double-thanks for including me on your list! That's really sweet of you.

I shall have a think about my votes over lunch, and will definitely take up your suggestion to put Debi first. Partly because it's a laugh, but also because she damned well deserves to be there anyway.

Date: 2010-07-05 01:59 pm (UTC)
burkesworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] burkesworks
I have voted for you and for one other person on your list, and that's all I'm saying.

I could do with *some* support for mine as well. If I get left out AGAIN this year while some right old crap gets in, I might as well pack in political blogging for good.

Date: 2010-07-05 10:57 pm (UTC)
burkesworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] burkesworks
I'm pretty sure you could muster up an excellent "top ten bloggers with facial furniture" list. You're in the right party after all :)

Date: 2010-07-05 04:16 pm (UTC)
tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tajasel
Seriously, I'm in your list? Wow. *flattered*

Small note, though: I now usually try to keep politics blogging is at tajasel.org, with my DW being more personal stuff (though often politics at the same time); if it's possible to change the URL you submitted for me to tajasel.org, I'd prefer that.)

Date: 2010-07-05 10:05 pm (UTC)
tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tajasel
Thanks <3

Date: 2010-07-06 01:04 pm (UTC)
andrewducker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] andrewducker
You list Pickwick in your top ten there, but as far as I can see Pickwick hasn't published anything in 10 months. This seems like an odd choice. Care to deconfuse me?

Date: 2010-07-06 02:49 pm (UTC)
burkesworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] burkesworks
She has posted plenty on LJ, though; her last post was 26th June.

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